SWEET_CAROLYN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=SWEET%5FCAROLYN SWEET_CAROLYN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Go to the Doctor - Do it FOR YOU http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5816189 For years and years and years, I didn't go to my doctor because I was fat and I didn't want to have the talk about how I was fat (my doctor at the time would and did talk about how I needed to lose weight for like 30 min straight, even if I was at the doctor to have, say, a cyst in my ankle checked out). And instead of finding a new doctor that wouldn't harp on my needing to lose weight, I just didn't go. <BR> <BR> The only person that hurt was me. My employers didn't care - they actually pr... Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:44:59 EST Happy Halloween! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5810816 It's belated, I know, but I wasn't feeling so good last week, and now, I am. <BR> <BR> Whatever caused me to feel blue has washed over me, and I feel SO RELIEVED it is gone. DO NOT MISS AT ALL. I don't like being blue and down and negative; there is enough in this world to try to make us miserable, I want to live and enjoy my life as best as possible. <BR> <BR> And THANK YOU everyone for your comments! I have no doubt that the combination of weather/food choices was probably making me feel ... Tue, 4 Nov 2014 16:49:10 EST Been Feelin' Blue http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807644 I'm not exactly sure why, either. Is it the gloomy weather? Is it my eating habits? Exercise habits? Did something happen in my life that I'm not processing correctly. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to explain why I haven't logged on. I haven't forgotten you guys, just trying to keep up the motivation and not get too bogged down in my blue feelings. Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:40:13 EST Quick Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5798258 Life has been good, though last weekend was BUSY preparing for my aunt's boyfriend's birthday party! <BR> <BR> Probably the best part, or at least one of the memorable ones for me, was when I decided to play chase with my cousin's son, a very energetic 6/7 year old. He chased me around the park shelter, and it took him several circuits before he caught up to me. And once he did, he had to sit down and take a bit of a breather - telling me that I should make another go at running. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:20:55 EST Week 4 and 1 Year Anniversary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5794854 Things got all wonky what with my vacation a while back, so pardon my departure! I have been trying to stay on plan, and while my weight loss has not been as much as I would have liked, I *AM* happy to report being down to 191.2 as of this morning! Which means I've lost nearly 9 pounds from 9/7 - not a remarkable or extraordinary amount, but given I went on vacation and splurged, I am just glad I didn't regain it all!! <BR> <BR> Also, I saw a bunch of lovely, lovely Happy 1 Year Anniversary ... Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:56:24 EST Week 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5785573 This weekend was AWESOME! <BR> <BR> Now, Saturday morning, my knees hurt so bad, I wasn't able to run nearly as well as usual. So that had me bummed out quite a bit. BUT Sunday was awesome! I really loved seeing all the fellow nerds dressed up, but the BEST part was how several little girls wanted to talk to me. (One girl was outside the convention center, walking up, saw me and started RUNNING full bore into the building to talk to me!) I had a BLAST chitchatting with them. <BR> <BR> I did... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:38:32 EST VICTORY! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782988 So much goodness this week and this upcoming week! I almost don't know where to begin! <BR> <BR> So this week, I made sure to schedule an annual checkup with my doctor. This is of-note because this will be the FIRST TIME in my entire adult life I've EVER done this! Most years, I would have a checkup, and then be like, "Oh, I'm fat, my doctor will rail on me for it, I'm pretty healthy anyway so I'm not going to go". (Ha ha for the "pretty healthy" lie too!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, so yesterday, I ... Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:55:41 EST Week 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780334 So I've been back on Medifast for 1 week. My first week went REALLY well, overall. Monday, I "splurged" by having a beer (only one!), and on Saturday, I went to a friend's house, where she served vegetarian lasagna, wine and ice cream. But other than that, no fudging, no cheating. <BR> <BR> I forgot how really easy being on Medifast can be, particularly when it comes to planning what you will eat for the day. I mean, throw a few bars in the lunchsack - DONE. Dinners have been slightly more o... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:02:41 EST Being Frank http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778646 No, I haven't changed my name. I'm just going to be really, brutally honest. <BR> <BR> I fell off the wagon. I bumped up to 200 pounds. Sure, I kept running, but running was sometimes a nightmare, what with the knee. (People are not lying when they say that running is easier when you are lighter-weight!) My eating habits were so-so. I did exercise, but nothing like my 5X - 6X a week schedule. And of course, I quit checking into SparkPeople. Who wants to be seen as a failure? Because that was... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:33:19 EST I'm still around! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680309 I know it's been awhile, but I am still here! I am trying to check into SparkPeople daily, even if I don't always post a blog post. <BR> <BR> This week has been a bit rough. Ups and downs with my weight. A cold scare. And today, some personal stuff got thrown on my plate. <BR> <BR> But I'm not gonna give up! I'm gonna putter away and do my best! Fri, 25 Apr 2014 14:16:09 EST Update on the Knee http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5664515 Today I went into for a follow-up with the orthopedic surgeon on my knee. (As a recap: Back in December, I went ice skating and fell, twisting my knee in the process. I had to stay off the knee/immobilize it for almost 2 weeks and then afterwards, I could only do light work, like cycling.) I have been pretty much doing everything I had been before the accident - running, Zumba, and spin - but I wanted to make sure the doctor took a look and gave me the approval. <BR> <BR> It's so funny; the ... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:35:18 EST I am not alone http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5663520 The news loves to talk about weight. There are numerous articles about obesity and type 2 diabetes in our youth, numerous articles about how most adult Americans are overweight or obese, numerous pages about what foods to eat or not to eat. <BR> <BR> One thing I realized today was this: for those of us who are outside the "acceptable" weight range, we know full well we are "fat". We may cloak in the clothes we wear, we may not just come outright and say, "Hey, my name is Carolyn, and I'm fat... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 13:14:20 EST Operation: Birthday http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5662675 I'm pretty proud of myself today. It's not for something big, like exercising or eating a particularly good food. It's just that I logged into SparkPeople for the third day in a row. Again, small, but I am happy to check in and poke around on my page and my fellow Sparkers' pages. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was my sister's birthday, so, being the Big Sister, I went into Birthday Mode. She started out her day not too hot at work, and I knew I needed to put on my Wonder Woman superheroine cape and co... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 13:19:15 EST REinvigorated! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658657 There's a part of me that wants to hide the fact that I've gained 30 pounds and am in size 12 pants (instead of size 10 - not that it is REALLY the pant size that makes or breaks the person). It's that part of me that's a perfectionist, that hates to let people down, that doesn't want to be seen as a failure. <BR> <BR> But hiding that part of myself does no one any good. Projecting that perfect smile, that attitude that "Sure, I have it together - why don't you?" makes me look like a fake ... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:03:08 EST The sun is shining on me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5657811 This month, this year has been topsy-turvy, what with my slipping and sliding around Maintenance. My knee injury, not exercising as much, my family drama, my work drama - all of this just kept heaping onto my back until I felt like I would collapse. <BR> <BR> But this week has been a nice change of pace, particularly yesterday. Every day this week, I've exercised - running on Monday, spin on Tuesday, and then cycling/running on Wednesday. Yesterday, I was proud of my food choices; I reall... Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:04:05 EST The Struggle Continues, But I'm Not Done http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647730 So I haven't miraculously woken up one night saying, "Eureka!" and solved all my problems, lost all the weight I regained, and am just back to being what I was. But I *AM* continuing to check into SparkPeople. And seeing all the warm thoughts and encouragements keeps me going. <BR> <BR> The fact is, while my jeans are a bit more snug, and the scale shows I'm heavier, I am STILL below my previous lowest adult weight of approx 183 pounds. And I think of this too: the last time I lost weight... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 12:25:12 EST The Failure to Be Perfect http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5640391 2014 is really kicking my butt, folks. From injuring my knee to traveling constantly for work from managing my relationships, I really feel overwhelmed and swamped and, to be a honest, a failure. I feel like a failure because I've gained about 20 pounds since Nov/Dec. <BR> <BR> That is kinda why I've not been so active on SparkPeople (the other reason being my crazy life right now). I have been voted a motivator, I've had loads of people like my blog posts, and I've had tons of friend req... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 12:02:28 EST Goodbye knee brace, hello running! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5632560 Today marks the first day without a hinged knee brace! YIPPPPEEEEEE!! After wearing it for over a month, I can finally start getting back to my normal life - and start shedding those pounds I've put on! <BR> <BR> I know that I can't 100% blame my inactivity for my weight gain, but I know that being more active and exercising will motivate me to eat better. Because what really has packed on the pounds is more a combination: not being able to do the things I love (Zumba and running) along w... Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:26:48 EST What a Change!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5621647 Last week, I felt pretty down and, well, miserable. My work was stressing me out, I was eager to get back on my knee and do my usual things, I was mad about my eating habits - just everything was all on top of me, weighing me down. <BR> <BR> And then I come on and read your wonderful comments! Wow, guys, you are awesome!! <BR> <BR> The hardest thing is to admit that hey, you aren't always upbeat and happy, that you aren't always doing the right thing, that you need a little help from your... Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:00:03 EST Stress, Stress, and More Stress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5615992 I have not been happy with myself these last few weeks. <BR> <BR> This is not an easy thing for me to say for a lot of reasons. I want Maintenance to succeed. I don't want to fail. I also don't like to fill this space with lots of negative thoughts. I like to think of myself as a happy person; I don't post a bunch of negative thoughts on Facebook, I don't like to do so here. <BR> <BR> But I also don't want to lie and make it sound like everything is roses and sunshine. <BR> <BR> So thi... Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:01:35 EST "Heal Your Knees" - My Knee Progress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5604589 Shout out to my wonderful SparkFriend, 4A-HEALTHY-BMI, who recommended this book to me! <BR> <BR> So I twisted my knee a few days before Christmas ice skating. While I 100% don't regret the ice skating that caused this injury, I am VERY anxious to get back into my usual workout routine. I have been doing an OK job of bike riding (around 2 - 3 times a week), but it's nothing like my previous routine. <BR> <BR> As part of my healing progress (besides, of course, listening to my doctor's adv... Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:04:12 EST "Eat to Live" - Healthy Living Insights through Reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5600126 I came across this book through my dentists. They are the ones that recommended that I do the Take Shape for Life/Medifast program, and they are constantly providing tips and encouragement for me to keep that weight off. So one day, they told me about this book and how helpful it was to shedding weight and most importantly staying healthy. So I bought it. <BR> <BR> Meanwhile, my friends were looking to lose weight in order to expand their family, and they found that this book and this hea... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:03:02 EST New Scale! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5594687 So I told myself that once I reached my goal, I'd buy a new scale. You see, my old scale was one of these: <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/3/6/l366257491.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Nothing wrong, per se, but the scale was at least 5 pounds off from my sister's digital scale and my doctor's scale. So accuracy - not so much. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I bought one of the Weight Watchers/ConAir scales. I didn't want the body fat ones, because I had heard they were inaccurate. Plus... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 12:03:19 EST Living with No Regrets http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5592336 Inevitably, in your life, you stumble upon The Question: If you could change anything in your life, what would it be? <BR> <BR> As a child, I don't really think that question has the same gravitas that it does when you're an adult. If, when I was 8, I were asked that question, I'd probably say, "I want to get roller blades for Christmas!" Wow, yes, getting/not getting those roller blades were SO IMPORTANT that I absolutely HAD to go back and change that... <BR> <BR> #sarcasm mode off <BR>... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:12:45 EST New Year's Resolutions - 2014 Edition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5589244 Ah, it's the New Year! A New Year is kinda like a "new day", but on a grander, bigger scale. You can put aside the troubles and stresses of the previous year - maybe a heavy class load, maybe a relationship crisis, maybe a big move or a change in lifestyle. The new year is a time where anything is possible and hope and dreams are big. <BR> <BR> So why not make some New Year's Resolutions? Pick a couple and let's write 'em down, right? <BR> <BR> + Lose weight! <BR> + Exercise more <BR> ... Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:08:20 EST Update Time!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5588294 It's been a week since I last posted, so I have plenty of 'splainin' to do! <BR> <BR> First off, while I am up from my lowest weight, I have NOT gained any further. I am a pretty steady 166. Given that my exercise is almost zero because of my knee (and I have not gone back on MediFast meals full time), I am happy with that. This is mostly due to the most amazing sister on the planet, who has been holding me extremely accountable. "Are you really hungry?" "Do you really need to eat that?... Thu, 9 Jan 2014 16:08:20 EST What a way to bring in the New Year!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5579445 First off: Happy New Year!! Thank you for the wonderful notes and goodies and general well-wishing! 2013 was a brilliant year and I see 2014 being just as good! <BR> <BR> After, of course, I get back on my feet. And to explain why I've been off, let me relate what happened. <BR> <BR> Three days before Christmas, I went ice skating with some friends. I don't skate much, so I'm on the ice putting along when suddenly, BAM!! On the ground, with my knee twisted underneath me. The pain was ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:53:11 EST Happy Holidays to My Wonderful SparkFamily!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5568700 I can't believe it's so close to Christmas!! Woohoooooo!! <BR> <BR> I know I'll be busy these next few days, so I probably won't have time to post something. But I have words that need to come out and want to share them with you!! <BR> <BR> This is the time of year when we look at the people around us and say, "Thank you!" This is the time of year when we look inside and outside ourselves and say, "I don't have it so bad". <BR> <BR> 2013 has been a freakin' amazing year for me. I have ... Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:46:23 EST User Name Change!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5566449 Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. Work and life get crazy, particularly around this time of year! <BR> <BR> I wanted to update though that I have indeed changed my user name. I probably should have done this eons ago, but I got a message from a fellow Sparker reminding me about Internet Safety and Privacy. And I figured I'd pass it along. <BR> <BR> I try really hard in my blog not to give away too much personal information, while of course trying hard to be open and honest. The... Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:09:29 EST "I'm gonna take a break" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5560576 The SparkPeople articles lately have really been hitting home for me! It's like they are writing them FOR ME, with ME in mind. It's scary!! <BR> <BR> Today's link is an especially good one: "Taking a break [from your "diet"/healthy eating] for the holidays". What makes this one even more poignant for me is that there are numbers...well, I won't spoil, go check out the article first, then let's chat when you're done! <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po<BR>st=the_cost_of... Mon, 9 Dec 2013 13:43:47 EST Combating the Endless Holiday Food (Week 11 of Maintenance) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5558544 Today I'm doing my surf of SparkPeople and come across this fun article: <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutriti<BR>on_articles.asp?id=521 </link> <BR> <BR> Being a person who likes to eat and likes to eat the foods served at the holidays, I thought it would be a good read. Turns out it was, particularly when I got to Excuse #5: <BR> <BR> <BR> Excuse #5: I’ll get back to my healthy eating plan tomorrow. <BR> This thinking is okay, as long as it is realistic. Make sure an... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 17:16:05 EST Bullying Won't Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5557579 I'm not in high school and haven't been in years. I don't have school-aged kids. I don't even patrol those parts of the internet that tend to attract bullies. But there are MANY ways to be a bully, as this video from Upworthy shows: <BR> <BR> <link>www.upworthy.com/bully-calls-news-an<BR>chor-fat-news-anchor-destroys-him-on-l<BR>ive-tv </link> <BR> <BR> I saw this link on my Facebook feed, and it called to me. It called to me because it had a very important message. <BR> <BR> First... Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:05:18 EST The Wonderful Benefits of Me-Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555966 These past few months have been rather hectic. I don't particularly know why - I mean, yes, my social calendar has filled out quite a bit from a year ago, and living with my sister means that we tend to do activities together. And let's not forget the heaps of chores that come around from two people vs one. <BR> <BR> But yesterday was a day of bliss for me. I got off work and headed to a coffee shop to read - like I used to do 6 months to a year ago. And then I casually went to dinner, f... Tue, 3 Dec 2013 12:40:45 EST Post-Thanksgiving Panic (Week 10 of Maintenance) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5555026 So Thanksgiving is over. On one hand, I'm rather happy that I didn't overindulge as much as I could have. On the other hand, I stepped onto the scale Friday and saw I was up to 165 - OUCH! 5 pounds out of my maintenance range. <BR> <BR> Of course, I'm not surprised. When you eat more and don't exercise (the OTHER bad factor of this equation), those excess calories are bound to go somewhere. And your hips are just as good as any other place. <BR> <BR> So after I found out I had an extra... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 12:02:17 EST Little Black Dress http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5550081 First off, before I say anything else...thank you, all, for the lovely birthday wishes! Although I was out of state for my actual birthday (which coupled with a long day at work was somewhat miserable), I have had a lovely birthday week, celebrating with my beloved family and friends. <BR> <BR> So, last week was my birthday, and I celebrated. This time last year, I was a week into my program and was bemoaning not being able to have anything fun. (Though I was happy about my initial 8 poun... Mon, 25 Nov 2013 16:51:34 EST Week 8 of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5542058 So yesterday marked the end of 7 weeks of Maintenance and the beginning of week 8. <BR> <BR> This week has a lot of milestones in it: rounding out 2 months of Maintenance, of staying +/-5 pounds of 155 and most importantly marking 1 year to the day of making the choice to get healthy and lose weight. <BR> <BR> Before I embarked on this journey, I feared these months. From September to about February, I just knew I was going to gain 10 - 20 pounds (who knows how much I gained, since I rarel... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 15:53:27 EST Clarification about Yesterday's Post http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5541046 I wanted to clarify somethings I talked about in yesterday's post ( <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540242 </link> ) now that I'm not as emotionally charged. <BR> <BR> Thank you, in advance, to the people who responded, for challenging me to think through my opinion. <BR> <BR> On one hand: there are people who are obese who refuse to do anything. The way insurance premiums work is we all pay into a pool and when you have a health concern, you d... Thu, 14 Nov 2013 11:38:15 EST An Angry Call to Stop Fat Shaming http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5540242 I felt called today to talk about fat shaming and fat phobia, and whaddya think I see, but this article on Yahoo!: <BR> <BR> <link>news.yahoo.com/company-watching-wais<BR>tline-122031626--sector.html </link> <BR> <BR> "Employers tried the carrot, then a small stick. Now they are turning to bigger cudgels...So companies are taking advantage of new rules under President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul in 2014 to punish smokers and overweight workers." <BR> <BR> NOTE: This is a somewha... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:39:26 EST Old Feelings Die Hard http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5539469 Day 48 of Maintenance, aka Week 7. <BR> <BR> I am incredibly happy with myself. I'm nearing my One Year Anniversary since I started this journey (Nove 16th), and I keep thinking, "WOW!!! I can't believe how I was and how I am today!!" <BR> <BR> (NOTE TO SELF: Create new before/after pics.) <BR> <BR> A lot of my blog posts go into how I eat differently now, how I am more active, how I love to shop, how I love how clothes fit on me, how healthy I feel and am now. All of this is true. But... Tue, 12 Nov 2013 19:06:59 EST Week 6 of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5528354 This is Carolyn, checking in for the end of 5 Weeks on Maintenance! <BR> <BR> So this past week has been crazy! First off, I got sick last Friday. I felt the sore throat coming, and it really blew up on Saturday/Sunday with the coughing and runny nose. But really, it's been an OK cold. Yes, a bit miserable, but since I haven't been sick since January, I'm OK with it. I just am SO HAPPY to be so healthy, to have gone so long without getting sick, and to be feeling so much better so relat... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 12:37:20 EST Halloweenathon and My 2nd 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5523198 As soon as I finished my first 5K back in September, I knew I would be doing another one. They are a whole lot of fun and give me something to strive for (something that can be hard when you hit maintenance and are no longer looking for weight loss goals). <BR> <BR> So this Saturday will be my second 5K. The route is different (a golf course instead of a street), so I am a bit nervous how I will fare. Will there be more "hills"? Can I pace myself better than I did last time? Can I impro... Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:18:35 EST Week 5 of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5522448 Today marks the beginning of week 5! My pants and shirts feel great on me, and the scale still shows 155. All in all - success! (Particularly since I had a Halloween party on Saturday!) <BR> <BR> So, I was thinking about something that I was introduced to back when I read David A. Kessler's "The End of Overeating". It was how our food, the food in fast food joints and restaurants and junk food is primarily just salty, sweet or fatty tasting. <BR> <BR> On Saturday, my sister and I threw ... Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:25:50 EST Week 4 of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5516074 Today is the day! I've gone a full 3 weeks on transitioning/maintenance and will be starting week 4 today! I still am shocked at how far I've come, how good I feel. <BR> <BR> There were a couple of days this week where I wanted desperately to just stay at home and eat carbs (even rather healthy ones like hummus and carrots). Yesterday was one of them. But I didn't do that. I told myself, "No, I will not go down this path!" Instead, I had some tea and then I suited up to run outside. A... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:28:53 EST Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5514210 For the most part, as I was on the Take Shape for Life Medifast program, I didn't dream about food or gaining weight. Sometimes I would dream I accidentally ate something I shouldn't, but those dreams have haunted me for a long, long time anyway. And really, given how restrictive the diet is, I'm surprised I didn't have them more. <BR> <BR> Fast forward to now. The past couple of nights, food has definitely been in my dreams, as has my fear of "getting fat". And I figure if my mind is tr... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 11:55:51 EST Week 3 of Maintenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5509845 So today marks the beginning of Week 3 of Maintenance. I was afraid my eating was getting out of control, but weigh-in today showed me those wonderful numbers: "153". Yes! <BR> <BR> Maintenance isn't easy, I'll tell you that. Or, I should say, it's a whole different ball of wax than losing weight. And it feels strange, being in Maintenance. Every other time I lost weight, I never made my final weight loss goals, so I never GOT into Maintenance. Instead, I backslid and then reacquired a... Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:25:53 EST Five Things http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5506952 I saw on a blog post (this one, in fact: <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5504659 </link> ) and wanted to join in: <BR> <BR> "Write down five (yes, five) physical traits you like about your body" <BR> <BR> But I want to add something else too: <BR> <BR> "Write down five (yes, five) NON-physical traits you like about yourself" <BR> <BR> At first thought, both are a bit daunting. But let's go! <BR> <BR> "Write down five (yes, five) physical t... Mon, 7 Oct 2013 11:57:05 EST Seeing Changes http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5503571 Today marks the first week of Transition to Maintenance. I haven't followed the Take Shape for Life Transition program to the letter, but I have been closely monitoring what I eat and how much. And so far, it seems to be working - today, I weighed in at ~153 pounds. <BR> <BR> But the thing that really made me happy was what I've seen in other areas. I've noticed my size 10 pants seem to be looser in the waist. My stomach seems a bit firmer, less jiggly. And when I do core exercises such... Thu, 3 Oct 2013 14:25:29 EST Rocking the Healthy Look MY Way http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502561 A recent experience at the gym motivated me to write this post today. For my complimentary personal trainer session, the guy took my body fat measurement with one of those digital monitors. <BR> <BR> NOTE: That's not one of the most accurate ways to measure body fat. <BR> <BR> <link>www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2012/07/02/<BR>body-fat-percentage/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.builtlean.com/2010/07/13/5-ways-<BR>to-measure-body-fat-percentage/ </link> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.... Wed, 2 Oct 2013 14:10:59 EST Proud of Myself http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5501497 I'm proud of myself. Tremendously proud of myself. <BR> <BR> What makes me so proud, today of all days? Did I see a huge loss on the scale? Did I fit into a size 8 jeans? Nope to both. Instead, I am proud of my choices yesterday. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, I decided to walk to a nearby cafe for lunch. Instead of driving to a farther away coffee shop, I walked with the threat of rain imminent. So that was Healthy Choice #1. <BR> <BR> Healthy Choice #2 was my chosen lunch. Half sandwich wi... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 14:24:11 EST Transitioning to Maitenance http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5500306 This Thursday I decided that I was happy at my current weight and size and wanted to move off the Medifast meals and into Maintenance. It was a big step, a scary one, but after talking about it endlessly, I was ready for it. The Take Shape for Life program has a transition plan to gradually reintroduce foods and to build back the calories. I'm taking some of the notes of this program with my own new healthy eating skills to try out this next leg of my journey. <BR> <BR> So the first day o... Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:30:26 EST